Sunday, November 17, 2013

End of the College Road (What I have learned from being a college student)

        It's almost that time. I have bought my cap and gown, I have spoken to officers of organizations on what they should prepare for next semester, and I have sent some goodbye emails. Maybe it's too early to reflect, but I want to, just for the fun of it all. If anything, I know I am not the same freshman that walked into Southeastern years ago. With that being said, I thought it would be interesting to write an open letter to the 18-year-old me advising her of what I wish someone could have told me in order to survive college.

Dear 18 year-old Lindory,

Congratulations! You've survived high school! Although you're not going to believe me when I say this, I’ll tell you anyway. Forget last year, it gets better! You may experience a few issues adjusting to this new view the first year, but everything you go through is necessary. Here is a list that will help ease your mind before you start college:

1. Math will not be a strength for a while. Accept it so you can improve.
There’s nothing worse than denial. Once you know you can’t understand something, find out why. You will be your only cheerleader. After your hard work, you will leave algebra and statistic invincible.

2. Schedule everything.
You will no longer be reminded of homework assignments like in high school. If something sounds important, write it down. If there is a due date, write it in red, circle it, make it stand out.

3. Do not procrastinate!
This point will be difficult. If you need to do it, do it now. Once you get over this heap, you’ll feel accomplished.

4. An envelope will come in the mail soon with an invitation to a leadership organization. Accept it!
You’ll love the experience and you’ll gain experience. A big plus!

5. Write as a much as you can. 
This is detrimental. Journalists is only as good as their writing, so get to work. 

5. Lastly, your senior year will be amazing!
I’m not going to give too much away, but you’re going to love every bit of it.

If you had a chance to give your younger self advice, what would it be?